School Counseling and Guidance, K-12

93%

of High School students think they will graduate

86%

of RI teachers expect their students to go to college

The Rhode Island School Counseling and Guidance Program

The Rhode Island School Counseling and Guidance Program ensures equitable access to educational and career opportunities for all kids, promotes rigorous academic curriculum for every student, provides strategies for closing the equity gaps, supports the development of skills to increase college and career readiness, and fosters advocacy for all students. This program assists school counselors to analyze their current practice, organize and align their program in a comprehensive framework, develop curricula, and evaluate the success of their guidance program.

RI Framework for Comprehensive K-12 School Counseling Programs

The Rhode Island Framework for Comprehensive K-12 School Counseling Programs

The Rhode Island Framework for Comprehensive K-12 School Counseling Programs logoThe RI Framework for Comprehensive K-12 School Counseling Programs is the model adopted by the RI Board of Regents in 2006. This framework is comprehensive in scope, preventative in design, developmental in nature, and data driven. School counselors are critical players in systemic change. Their role as leaders, advocates, and collaborators help them to make important contributions to the success of all students in three developmental domains: academic, personal/social, and career.

RI Framework for Comprehensive K-12 School Counseling Programs [PDF, 946KB]

School Counseling Policy

The Rhode Island Basic Education Program Regulations (BEP) are designed to ensure that high-quality education is available to all public school students. Chapter G-14-1.3 in the BEP is entitled Comprehensive Guidance and states the following:

"Each LEA shall establish and maintain a Comprehensive School Counseling Guidance (CSC) Program, including guidance and counseling services, available to all students in grades K-12. Each LEA shall ensure that the CSC Guidance program shall:

  • Be developed and delivered in accordance with the Rhode Island Framework for Comprehensive K-12 School Counseling Programs;
  • Support each student in meeting the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) standards in the academic, career, and personal and social domains;
  • Be a coordinated effort among the professional counseling staff and the rest of the educational community; and
  • Include services to be provided to students at each developmental stage and specify how the services will be provided to all students."

Professional Development

The RI School Counselors Association has developed eight toolkits to support the implementation of comprehensive school counseling programs.  They comprise the following:

    • Toolkit 1 -Strategic and Annual Planning;
    • Toolkit 2 -Essential Counseling Program;
    • Toolkit 3 -School Counseling Data Management;
    • Toolkit 4 -Professional Development Program;
    • Toolkit 5 -Family and Community Engagements;
    • Toolkit 6 -Program Implementation Management;
    • Toolkit 7 -Individual Counselors Planning for Results; and
    • Toolkit 8 -Individual Learning Plans.

Toolkit Information

Counselor Credentials Requirements

School Counselor Credential Requirements

Educator Quality is essential to improving student achievement. Educator Quality begins with clear standards for educator practice. Improvement of achievement requires implementing strong practices in recruiting, developing, recognizing, and retaining talented and demonstrably successful staff in LEAs.

Requirements [PDF, 168KB]

Standards

The RI Framework includes the ASCA National Standards and Competencies for School Counseling Programs. These standards fall within the three following domains: academic, career, and personal/social.

ASCA Standards [PDF, 29.3KB]

What's New

The RI Counseling Advisory Board representing school counselors, RISCA, higher education, and RIDE are collaborating to develop guidance and technical assistance in support of a Comprehensive School Counseling system across all schools in RI.

Important Dates

RISCA Spring Conference

April 11, 2013
Rhode Island Convention Center
RI School Counselor Association

Resources